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White House Pulls Plug on Corporate Patent Office Nominee After Tech Sector Backlash

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Activist outrage causes Obama Administration to back away from their plan to name Johnson & Johnson executive as head of U.S. Patent Office.

The Obama Administration has scrapped a plan to name pharmaceutical executive and longtime attorney Phil Johnson as head of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. The reversal is a hug victory for the tech industry and proponents of patent reform. The plan to appoint Johnson was met with outrage on social media, where critics claimed the choice reflected the corporate hypocrisy of the Obama administration.

For now, it’s unclear who the White House will name instead of Johnson. Whoever it ends up being, they will have their work cut out for them. In the last two decades, the Patent Office has issued a flood of questionable patents.

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